Friday, December 09, 2011

25 Days of Christmas, Day 9: Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am so glad that today is Friday as I am woefully behind on my Christmas shopping and need a weekend to catch up. In order to do so in the most painful way possible, I have invited Hugh to accompany me to Neighboring Town, tomorrow.

Painful, you say? What could possibly be painful about dragging a man who hates to shop on a shopping spree? Well, for starters; read that last sentence. Also, he wants to go to a phone store to look at new smart phones; any trip to a tech store ends up taking hours when Hugh is involved and, he won't actually purchase the phone during those hours, he will merely research it before returning home to do further research on the internet before spending several more hours surfing for the best possible price. I'm not knocking his method; he gets the job done at a great price, usually, but; those hours in the tech store are hours we could be inspecting elastic on underwear at Victoria's Secret or actually locating something that the Man-Cub might like for Christmas.

As an aside, thirteen year old boys who already own pretty much everything they want/need are impossible to shop for. Santa is worried, very worried.

On the bright side, the Cub does like chocolate chip cookies and I did bake a shit-ton of those so; I suppose a gaily wrapped package of cookies could suffice as the perfect gift. Or, you know, not.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional, and not used in my house thanks to the Nut Nazi)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper. Combine flour, soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if you wish. Using a large spoon or a medium scoop, drop mixture onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks.

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